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The Reading Life: Craig Colten


This week on The Reading Life: LSU professor emeritus, Craig Colten, author of “State of Disaster: A Historical Geography of Louisiana’s Land Loss Crisis.”

January 7 calendar

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Make sure to check out COVID requirements at venues; most require masks, some require proof of vaccination or PCR tests.

Lucky Bean Poetry Night, with Justin Lacour as the featured reader, takes place Monday, January 10, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Justin Caine Harrell debuts his novel, “Latitude 18,” Tuesday, January 11, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Ticketed event; masks required.

Janie Molster signs “House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living,” Thursday, January 13, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. This is a ticketed event, go to for info.

Matt Haines signs “The Big Book of King Cake,” Saturday, January 15, at 11 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Kat Pigott signs her children’s book, “Rougarou Stew!” Saturday, January 15th from 2-3:30 pm at Blue Cypress Books.

Stacey Balkun and Carolyn Hembree read in the Splice Poetry series, Saturday, January 15, at 6 pm. at the Saturn Bar.

The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.